Animating With Light

In this class I’ll show you my own method for simulating light in After Effects. You’ll learn how to turn any text, graphic or animation into a neon sign, building completely custom glow effects. We’ll also go over lots of tips and tricks for animating with shape layers, using precompositions to make a procedurally generated effect, a simple expression rig for color management, and lots more! Once you understand how to simulate light you’ll be able to add an extra level of realism to any design or animation.

This class is designed for artists who have some experience with After Effects, but it’s not required. As with all of my courses, you’ll be able to follow along step-by-step with my videos even if you’ve never used the software before. But if you’d like a beginner’s intro to After Effects first.

Instructors

Jake Bartlett

Motion Designer

I’ve been working as a motion designer for over ten years. After graduating with a degree in digital media and working at a production company in LA for 5 years, I made the jump to full-time freelance. Since then I've begun teaching motion design courses online at Skillshare, School of Motion, and my YouTube channel. Supporting my family as a motion designer is a dream for me. I get to make things move every single day, and be at home with my wife and family while doing it.

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